Jack Lewitz (IL Real Estate Specialists)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Family comes first, no question. Sometimes it's tough to balance all 3, and there isn't always enough leisure!

Jan 10, 2017 07:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One can balance all three, it is like with everything else, either you run your business of the business runs you.  A

Jan 10, 2017 09:27 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sometimes my dog thinks I need to make him a higher priority.  He pointed out that Sunday was freezing - too cold for his walk but not too cold for me to show property!

Jan 10, 2017 08:17 PM
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     My wife works with me... she is a former Century 21 agent.  So the family balance is there. 

     Leisure?  I moved to a beach community a few weeks ago... every time I look out my office window, that beach is calling to me.  I have to be careful not to follow that siren song!

Jan 10, 2017 07:53 PM
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

I have always had a warped sense of responsibility and still... family always came first when push came to shove!

Jan 10, 2017 06:50 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am more in balance at this stage of my career than when I started 30+ years ago.  I am not afraid to say no to business or take time off for leisure or family.

Jan 10, 2017 06:16 PM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I'm neglecting personal time for workouts.  

Jan 10, 2017 05:50 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

My family is number One.

Jan 10, 2017 04:14 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Life/work balance? Some would say no such thing can exist if you have a job. I would agree. But one must not let life spin out of control and become detrimental to those near and dear. So, real life means......

You have to draw a line. You must decide what is important and what isn’t.

How do you draw that line? By asking yourself one simple question a few times a day.

“What’s The Most Important Thing For You To Do Right Now?”

The main problem people have is they try to do it all and treat everything as important.

You can’t do it all and everything is not equally important.

So how do you determine the most important thing for you to do right now?

What is MOST important right now depends on:

1. Your values

2. Disproportionate results. (that 80/20 thing we all know about)

3.What is the thing only you can do

4. what is important right now

For an overwhelming portion of real estate professional, we don't have a job. We love what we do, and rejoice we can be paid doing it.

Work/life balance, for us, is related to what degree we have been successful in bringing those important to us, along for the journey.

That also includes sharing the story with those it effects.

IN relationship, it is about the attitude of servitude

In faith it is how we make God smile.

In success, it is how the lives of others are affected.

Those emerging from the participation medal experiment of social re-engineering  have had a new requirement imposed upon them. That is "How does what I'm doing make me feel good about myself?"

Fitting that into a work/life balance narrative will be interesting.

Some find security in maintaining work/life balance by establishing  'Thou shall not" parameters.

Others negotiate.

The secret lies in accepting the responsibility to know what is needed for the other one to be successful, then making certain those five things exist.

It is then one can enter into the kingdom of the worlds happiest people.

A life examined or more rules?
The most often choice will be what is easiest.


Jan 10, 2017 07:43 AM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have no family at home, but pets, business and keeping up my home does require lots of balance.

Jan 12, 2017 02:26 PM
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

You can balance all three..just make the effort and be consistent!

Jan 11, 2017 07:23 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I try to take off Saturday nights and most Sundays.  But have a hard time going on vacations and not answering the phone.


Jan 11, 2017 11:18 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Definitely leisure with Family

Jan 11, 2017 07:24 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Jeff Dowler nailed this one!

Jan 11, 2017 04:49 AM
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I work as much as I do by choice... I don't believe I'm neglecting any other aspects of my life. In many ways, I had less balance in my corporate life.

Jan 11, 2017 04:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I feel balanced at the moment, but it's always a juggling act.

Jan 11, 2017 03:28 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I am so out on balance that I would not pass a field sobriety test...

Jan 10, 2017 11:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I neglect leisure - I'm working on that - STILL!  I'm trying to cut work hours but, I haven't gotten them down as far as I'd like.  2017 will get me there...I just KNOW it!

Jan 10, 2017 10:41 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I'm primarily property management which is more of an 8-5 job. I make sure I get my work done during office hours so I can enjoy the evenings and weekends with family. I have very few interruptions.

Jan 10, 2017 09:12 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I find that business is at the top of the list

Jan 10, 2017 08:14 PM
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

There are times a give and take from the balance account

Jan 10, 2017 08:01 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I gave up on being balanced many decades ago.

Jan 10, 2017 05:59 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Family and leisure!  What are they?

Jan 10, 2017 05:29 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

All too often we neglect ourselves.

Jan 10, 2017 05:09 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

The disruption of personal time is typical.

Jan 10, 2017 04:43 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is never easy to balance it all. Normally this time of year is slower and allows for more family and me time however you would think it was spring. Every day takes a conserted effort not to work every minute of it

Jan 10, 2017 04:25 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

My daughter is grown and off doing her own things. So that frees up a lot of my time. Of course family comes first. I try to incorporate work and fun things. Like going to the dog park...I've picked up several new buyer leads from being there while I was having fun. 

Jan 10, 2017 03:34 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jack Lewitz - God, Family and Work! And doing best to balance them. Works fine so far....

Jan 10, 2017 03:25 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I'm neglecting work. Way more into leisure time now.

Jan 10, 2017 02:22 PM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

I balance work, play, exercise, time off and personal time and try not to neglect any of them.

Jan 10, 2017 01:31 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I am fortunate that I have a good balance.

Jan 10, 2017 12:58 PM
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

the only one I'm neglecting, lately, is me.

Jan 10, 2017 11:36 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

For way too long I did not have God first in the equation.  Now I do and amazed how life is balanced.

Jan 10, 2017 11:13 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Vacations - it has been a year and I am so in need of our scheduled vacation next month. I can only take off a week at a time, but need to have at least 3 or 4 of these a year.

Jan 10, 2017 11:13 AM
Harjeet Bhatti
MB Financial Bank - Schaumburg, IL
Home Mortgage Consultant 44 States


Jan 10, 2017 10:48 AM
Toronto, ON

The same balancing act and priorities occur even if you are in a different business, occupation or job.

Jan 10, 2017 10:27 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jack Lewitz I can't top Ron and Alexandra Seigel 's answer. Good point!

Jan 10, 2017 10:24 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I grew up watching my parents balance two jobs and 7 kids plus all the leisure that comes with that . . .  they led by example.  For me, it has always been Faith, Family, Career and it has always worked beautifully.  It all depends on your priorities, your dedication and discipline.  It can be done.

Jan 10, 2017 10:19 AM
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

I prioritize my health.  I make sure to workout every day. Without my health I'm no good to my family, friends, OR clients.  Next on the list is my kids.  I probably don't allow enough leisure time in my schedule, but I'm okay with that.

Jan 10, 2017 10:08 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

At this stage of the game probably work!

Jan 10, 2017 09:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My priorities are balanced at the moment.  Some days they can get out of whack one way or another, but they always come back to balance.  Some days you just have to say "I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drum all day"

Jan 10, 2017 09:22 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Family.  I rarely want to meet people after work in the evenings... Often tardy, no show.  Need to eat right also....

Jan 10, 2017 09:13 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No children for us so it all blends.

Jan 10, 2017 08:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

For many years work trumped all and now to make up for it family trumps all!

Jan 10, 2017 08:16 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Was a full time single parent with four kids and you can do it! The office being 32' from the house helped and a lake place was the best investment to get away from the closeness of work and home. It is all about working smarter not harder. Moderation and vacations part of success. Take kids along to show a rec property that is on the way to climb Mt Katahdin afterwards. Only took 20 minutes out andwas right on the route if you work your scheduling right. The real estate buyer had kids there too and everyone happy, social, and it shows family is what is most important for both broker and buyer.

Jan 10, 2017 08:02 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

I spent many years neglecting, and we can't do it over.... but I'm very balanced with work, play and family.... I'd say equally....

Jan 10, 2017 07:42 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

All is well and good....

Jan 10, 2017 07:35 AM
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

Since mid last year I have thrown it all up in the air and re-arranged. Better health now, lost 20lbs, more free time, less computer time. Yet I still seem to get the same amount of work done. So I guess less cruising the web.

Jan 10, 2017 07:35 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

At this point, it is definitely leisure.  We have a senior in high school and between that, all of the college registrations, applying for scholarships, real estate business, revamping a house, leisure is definitely not in the equation right now.  It's okay though, that time will come.

Jan 10, 2017 07:27 AM